Inhibition of morphine tolerance and physical dependence development and brain serotonin synthesis by cycloheximide

Horace H. Loh, Fu Hsiung Shen, E. Leong Way

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Abstract

Mice were rendered tolerant to and physically dependent on morphine by daily subcutaneous (s.c.) injections of increasing doses of morphine for 3 weeks. The degree of tolerance was determined by measuring the increase in the median analgetic dose of morphine in relation to response to thermal stimulus, and dependence was determined by the precipitation of withdrawal jumping with the antagonist, naloxone. The concomitant daily administration of cycloheximide with morphine prevented the development of tolerance and physical dependence. The increase in brain serotonin turnover, which was noted to accompany development of tolerance and physical dependence, was also blocked. The findings suggest that the three responses to morphine may be closely related.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2711-2721
Number of pages11
JournalBiochemical Pharmacology
Volume18
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1969

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